Music From the Radio Free Athens Crew: April 19, 2020

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Like most everything else, Radio Free Athens has been impacted by the current situation pertaining to COVID-19, which the World Health Organization has deemed a pandemic. Although you won’t get to hear your favorite DJs on the air until who knows when, we will be supplying faithful listeners with playlists in the meantime. Find them below!


From R@T

NOTE: This playlist was supposed to run last week! Editor’s mistake.

John Prine – “It’s a Big Old Goofy World”
The Avett Brothers – “Swept Away”
Ellis Marsalis Quartet – “Twelve’s It”
Bill Withers – “Ain’t No Sunshine”
Fountains of Wayne – “Peace and Love”
Willie Nelson – “Still Not Dead”
Macy Gray – “I Try”
Monty Python – “Galaxy Song”
Cracker – “Teen Angst”
Burt Bacharach – “What the World Needs Now”

The Nelsonville Music Festival has unfortunately been canceled this year because of the Corona Virus. We will have to live with our memories of past ones to get us through. The 2013 NMF is one that, even though the weather didn’t always cooperate with us, sticks out to me as having one of the best line ups. Wilco, Mavis Staples, Lucius, Calexico, Johnathan Richman and Golgol Bordello were just some of the bands that performed that year.

Saturday night a thunderstorm came through which cut short Mavis Staples, delayed Wilco and made Mudville live up to it’s name. Sunday the sun came out and we were blessed with one of the best days of music that I have ever seen. The headliner that day was John Prine and I remember it well. The blue sky had some high clouds, it was slightly cooler than the day before and there was a mild breeze. At first the crowd seemed smaller but by the time he came on the field was full of people and you could feel an excitement. It was and acoustic set with just him and two others on stage and they opened with “Spanish Pipedream.” I was able to go up on the side of the stage and I remember feeling overwhelmed with such great joy of being so close to one of the great musicians of all time. My smile was so big that it pushed tears of joy out of my eyes. As I looked out into the crowd every face that I saw had either the biggest smile on it, was crying tears of joy or a combination of both.

Today I wear my tattered NMF shirt from that year in memory of that great day. I hope you are all staying safe and sane.

From DJ Grumpy Grandma

Sondre Lerche – “To Be Surprised”
Todd Rundgren feat. Donald Fagen – “Tin Foil Hat”
John Prine – “That’s How Every Empire Falls”
OJR – “Something New”
They Might Be Giants – “Science is Real”
Blue Oyster Cult – “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
Incredible String Band – “Painting Box”
Sean Khan feat. Heidi Vogel – “Moment of Collapse”

From Michael T. 

This  week’s isolation list is comprised artists that young radio listeners in the U.S. have will yet to hear.  Some of them were relegated to one-hit-wonder status or became well-known in other countries or contexts. But for everyone else, this is a small sample of what I call the Best Bands You Never Heard. Please enjoy and thanks for exploring and listening.

Sheila Chandra (Monsoon)

Captain Beyond

Delta 5

Thomas Dolby



The Last Poets

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Martha and the Muffins

Small Faces